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Hoverfly (R campestris)

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Peter Orchard

A very common, but often overlooked, insect flying from April to November along woodland rides and in hedgerows

  • Hoverfly: Rhingia campestris

    Post date: Monday, 17 August, 2015 - 00:00

    I make no secret of my interest in hoverflies and here I bring you Rhingia campestris. It is a common hoverfly and quite easy to identify partly because of its plump orange/brown body but mainly because it has a longish 'snout' which is quite unique to this species and its less common but close cousin, Rhingia rostrata. It looks quite an evil insect capable of inflicting a painful bite but it is, as with all hoverflies, totally harmless. 

    This is a very common, but often overlooked insect flying from April to November and especially noticeable towards the end of the season as other species dwindle in numbers. You can find it along woodland rides and in hedgerows, its long snout making it particularly adapted to feeding on various flowers, especially those with deep tubes which other species cannot utilise like red campion.
    It is frequently found near cows as its larvae breed in cow dung. 

Common Name Hoverfly (R campestris)
Scientific Name Rhingia campestris
Species Group Hover flies
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